in about 100 words or less
US 197m, Colour
Director: David Lean; Cast: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness, Tom Courtenay
Doctor Zhivago is an epic romantic drama set against the Russian Revolution – a movie as big in scale as had been seen since Gone With the Wind (1939). Based on the Boris Pasternak novel of the same name, Doctor Zhivago is a beautiful looking production which also features Maurice Jarre’s most memorable musical film score. Despite the technical luster, Lean’s Hollywood-styled version of the Russian Revolution and his melodramatic-styled romance detract from the underlying political statement which gets lost in an overly long and unnecessarily manipulative screenplay (Klaus Ming August 2012).